Win Tickets ($70+): Marc Cohn @ Aladdin Theater | Grammy Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter, Walking In Memphis

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Marc Cohn at the Aladdin Theater on Saturday, January 26, 2013. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, January 21.

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From our sponsors at Aladdin Theater:
Marc Cohn @ Aladdin TheaterMarc Cohn
Saturday, January 26, 2013
7 p.m. doors | 8 p.m. show
$35 advance | $38 door | Minors permitted with parent or guardian 21 and over
Purchase Tickets HERE

Aladdin Theater
3017 Southeast Milwaukie Avenue Portland, OR 97202
(503) 234-9694 | More Info: www.aladdin-theater.com

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn has been obsessed with pop music for as long as he can remember: “I was hooked from day one. My older brother had a band that rehearsed in our basement, so I heard Bacharach, The Beatles, Ray Charles, and Motown coming up through the floorboards from the time I was six years old. By the time I was eleven though, the Beatles were breaking up and singer-songwriters were breaking through, and a lot of that music really resonated for me.”

1970 was a milestone for Marc – and for pop culture at large, given the unprecedented range of notable artists who made the charts that year. It was the momentous beginning of a new decade, and Cohn himself was moving closer to the precipice of young adulthood. The songs of that eventful year would stick with him forever, the way they would with anyone of a tender age just discovering the deeper meanings and life lessons – the romance, the sex, the sadness, the fun — to be gleaned from a seemingly simple pop tune.

Collaborating with longtime producer-arranger-multi-instrumentalist and fellow Grammy Award winner John Leventhal, Cohn doesn’t merely recreate the sounds of this storied time. On Listening Booth:1970, he transforms songs from such artists as Cat Stevens, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Smokey Robinson, Creedence Clearwater Revival and even Bread into tracks that are warm, soulful, more than a little sexy and full of easy-going charm. These highly personal interpretations say as much about Cohn’s own history – his experiences, his memories, his inspirations – as about the legacy of these songs. They’ve been so creatively and confidently re-imagined, and sung with such feeling, they practically feel brand new.

As a songwriter and singer, Cohn combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales. He similarly finds the emotional essence in the vintage songs he’s just recorded, even as he brilliantly reshapes his source material. Cohn’s own career took off at the turn of another decade, in 1990, with the recording of his critically acclaimed, self-titled debut disc, which yielded such classics in their own right as “Walking In Memphis,” “Silver Thunderbird,” and the lovely “True Companion.” For Cohn, 1970 – -which saw the release of Moondance, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to name but a few — “was still the golden age of the single, but was also the beginning of the golden age of the Album. Even while all these deeply personal and poetic records were being released, there was this eclectic mix of pop music on the radio; it was great to be able to explore that range on this record. Just as a consumer and a total music fan, if I saw a sequence on a record that had songs by Paul Simon, Badfinger, John Lennon, Cat Stevens, The Grateful Dead and Bread, I would immediately be intrigued, and I’d probably buy it just to find out how badly the artist had lost the plot! But somehow all those disparate styles and approaches to songwriting seem like they belong together.”

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51 Responses to Win Tickets ($70+): Marc Cohn @ Aladdin Theater | Grammy Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter, Walking In Memphis

  1. Roger January 17, 2013 at 10:28 #

    Yes! Been a fan of Marc’s for years but never had the opportunity to see his live performances. Would love to win these passes. Thanks!

  2. Michael January 17, 2013 at 10:35 #

    this would make my month!

  3. Rain Madrone January 17, 2013 at 10:40 #

    My wife is a big Marc Cohn fan, and I would love to surprise here with these tickets…

  4. Lynn January 17, 2013 at 10:42 #

    Tres bien!

  5. Shar January 17, 2013 at 10:50 #

    Oh my!! I’ll be in town catching Kris Orlowksi at the Doug Fir on that Friday night and would love to make it a weekend o’ fabulous music and fun. Crossing my fingers I’m picked for this!! Marc’s music is so amazing!! :) Happy Thursday!

  6. Fenner Brownell January 17, 2013 at 11:09 #

    What a surprise to see that Marc Cohn will be here in Portland! I have all his recordings – he is a a great singer songwriter. Way back when, I took my daughter to a Marc Cohn concert when she was 8. It was our first time seeing him, and he’s only gotten better with time. It would be so awesome to win these ticket, so that I could have the opportunity to bring here again. She’s now 26!

  7. kristy January 17, 2013 at 11:19 #

    How amazing is Portland?! I love the variety of musicians that come to this city. From Gwar to Lady Gaga to Marc Cohn! I would love to see this show!

  8. Bill W. January 17, 2013 at 11:22 #

    The Aladdin is my favorite venue and Marc Cohn is top tier.

  9. Kristen January 17, 2013 at 11:28 #

    This whole unemployment thing has really been hitting my fun-fund pretty hard and free tickets to a great show would surly put a smile on my face :)

  10. Fred January 17, 2013 at 13:27 #

    This would be a great concert and I would love to win tickets. Hope I’m lucky this time.

  11. Casey January 17, 2013 at 13:57 #

    i would like to see Marc Cohn because IT’S FREAKIN MARC COHN!!! who wouldn’t wanna see him?

  12. Cory Shird January 17, 2013 at 15:53 #

    Rock me!!!!!!!!

  13. Matthew January 17, 2013 at 15:55 #

    Marc Cohn is the bomb-diggety. I’d love to go.

  14. Roni January 17, 2013 at 16:14 #

    This would be a great was for my partner and I to celebrate our anniversary. We’d love to see him live!

  15. Jen January 17, 2013 at 16:16 #

    Saw Marc Cohen a few years ago at an outdoor venue – he was great. Would love to see this show!

  16. Kimberley K January 17, 2013 at 16:16 #

    I wanna take my sweetie so I can get all mooney-eyed at him when Mr. Cohn sings “True Companion”!!! :) (Many thanks!!)

  17. Stephanie January 17, 2013 at 16:41 #

    I love love love Mr. Cohn’s song “Walking in Memphis” and have a long-time love for Memphis itself… I’d love to revisit it in Portland. :)

  18. Nadine January 17, 2013 at 16:43 #

    Would love to see this show – haven’t been able to see a show at the Aladdin Theater since we moved here not too long ago. This would be a great new PDX experience!

  19. Susan January 17, 2013 at 16:44 #

    Please!!!!!??? I’d really like to take my daughter. She just graduated college and is a little down.

  20. Jane January 17, 2013 at 16:59 #

    Love his music!

  21. Jane January 17, 2013 at 17:00 #

    Love his music

  22. Lauri January 17, 2013 at 17:25 #

    Love Marc Cohn, love the aladdin, love my kids too, and that is why I never get out of the house.

  23. Tonia January 17, 2013 at 17:46 #

    Always, and FOREVER attempting to experience as many live shows as possible…..have yet to experience Marc Cohn, would love to do so.

  24. donald January 17, 2013 at 18:12 #

    I’ve been a big Marc Cohn fan for longer than I care to admit. I’d love to win this pair of tickets so my gal and I can have a great night out together. Thanks PDX Pipeline!!!

  25. Windy January 17, 2013 at 18:30 #

    This would make my January! Would love to go!

  26. Alex January 17, 2013 at 18:44 #

    because it sounds awesome

  27. Rachel January 17, 2013 at 18:51 #

    This would be really special!

  28. Scott Weber January 17, 2013 at 19:48 #

    As a child, the floorboards in my room reverberated with great music, too. Marc’s inspiration carries the tradition very well!

  29. w January 17, 2013 at 23:15 #

    been walking . . . in memphis

  30. AnnT January 18, 2013 at 00:17 #

    I love Marc Cohn’s music, I hope I can go to rock out! It will be the best concert ever!

  31. Tascha Babitch January 18, 2013 at 00:32 #

    I’ve never gotten to see Marc Cohn live, and would love to get the chance!

  32. Naomi January 18, 2013 at 03:14 #

    This a better time than any try my luck at the old ticket winning thingamabob. I would say “as good a time as any,” but Marc Cohn’s dreamy and he’s actually in town on a night I don’t work.

  33. June January 18, 2013 at 05:10 #

    True companion is the most beautiful song ever!

  34. mary b January 18, 2013 at 05:26 #

    1. I have the date open
    2. I have never been exposed to someone like this
    3. It will tickle my ears into ecstasy and make me glad to be alive .

  35. Cassia January 18, 2013 at 05:47 #

    I’d be so happy!

  36. Scott January 18, 2013 at 06:00 #

    Marc Cohn in Portland??? I would walk to Memphis for these tickets.

  37. Audrey B January 18, 2013 at 07:19 #

    What a great date night! I’d love to suprise my Hubby with tickets! ….. I’d be walking 10′ off the ground :)

  38. Lisa James January 18, 2013 at 08:19 #

    I’m excited by the description of his new album! Having seen him about 20 years ago and always a fan, I’d love to hear his new sound live at the Alladin. Old and new- it would be perfect way to celebrate my 50th birthday this month.

  39. ES January 18, 2013 at 08:50 #

    Been a fan for years. Would love to go.

  40. Kelsey May January 18, 2013 at 09:09 #

    Yeah I was walkin in portland.. Keepin it weird as weird can weirdly be, yeah I was walkin in porrrtland, and Marc Cohn is the man is like to see…

    And I want to take my mama

  41. Jess January 18, 2013 at 10:55 #

    I’m going to be honest. My sister is traveling in Chile for 25 days and I’m on day 8 without her. Please give me something fun to do!!!

  42. Larry Peters January 18, 2013 at 10:58 #

    I am his illegitimate 3rd cousin’s ex-wife’s best friend. Just kiddin’! But I have performed “True Companion” at several weddings, and other non-wedding venues too …

  43. Kate January 18, 2013 at 12:26 #

    no sob story
    just wanna go

  44. Ashley January 19, 2013 at 01:26 #

    This would make my year and make my mother so happy! I want to take her so bad.

  45. Archell B January 19, 2013 at 13:20 #

    Thank you, I would love this.

  46. Laura E January 20, 2013 at 17:50 #

    My sister is a big fan of Marc Cohn, and the concert falls on her birthday weekend. I’d love for her to see the show.

  47. Aaron January 21, 2013 at 13:04 #

    My wife would love to go to this show with me.

  48. Toby January 21, 2013 at 17:09 #

    This would be amazing to attend, thanks for doing this!

  49. Pamela January 24, 2013 at 16:48 #

    So many wonderful memories connected to Marc Cohn’s music. Would love to hear him play at Aladin and have them all come flooding back~

  50. Megan January 24, 2013 at 17:27 #

    Marc Cohn is coming to town?! My girlfriends and I were just singing and playing his songs on the piano and saying how much we loved his stuff, especially “Walking in Memphis”. I would love to be there!

  51. Vicki Carrell January 24, 2013 at 21:59 #

    Beautiful music that would make a really nice night out in Portland!!

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